Clem Attlee – Britain’s greatest Prime Minister

 

Attlee at his Nefyn holiday home
Attlee at his Nefyn holiday home

Britain’s greatest Prime Minister, Clement Attlee, was born 133 years ago on 3 January 1883. He was Prime Minister from 1945 to 1951 and the longest serving Leader of the Labour Party from 1935 to 1955. He led the Labour Party to a landslide election victory in 1945 and a narrow victory in 1950 becoming the first Labour Prime Minister ever to serve a full five-year term.

The Attlee government was committed to rebuilding British society after WWII using public ownership and controls to abolish extremes of wealth and poverty. What a contrast Labour’s Socialist ideology is with today’s Tory Party’s defence of income inequality. Jeremy Corbyn’s grass-roots Socialism is a welcome return to those values.

There were many landmark achievements during his premiership using principles which cry out to be copied today.

 

  • His Government undertook the nationalisation of public utilities and major industries,
  • His Government created the National Health Service – a project led by Wales’ greatest hero Aneurin Bevan. I was born an NHS baby six weeks after the NHS itself was born.
  • He created full employment and ran budget surpluses
  • The government implemented William Beveridge’s plans ‘cradle to grave’ welfare state and set in place an entirely new system of social security by means of the National Insurance Act 1946, in which people in work paid a flat rate of national insurance. In return, they (and the wives of male contributors) received flat-rate pensions, sickness benefit and unemployment benefit.
  • Four out of five houses constructed under Labour were council properties.
  • His Keynesian fiscal policies were followed by all parties for over three decades until Margaret Thatcher’s destructive reign.
  • His Government also presided over the decolonisation of a large part of the British Empire, granting British India, Burma, and Ceylon independence, as well as ending the British Mandates of Palestine and Jordan.
Attlee with Aneurin Bevan
Attlee with Aneurin Bevan

Although he lacked charisma and was not a good public speaker, his achievements were very much behind the scenes especially in committees where his depth of knowledge, quiet demeanour, objectivity and pragmatism proved decisive. He kept its multiple factions in his very diverse party together – possibly Jeremy Corbyn could learn from his success. His leadership style of consensual government, acting as a chairman rather than a president, won him much praise from historians and politicians alike. A style decisively rejected by Thatcher, Blair and Cameron.

He died, aged 84, on 8 October 1967

466 comments on “Clem Attlee – Britain’s greatest Prime Minister

  1. The next time I read a blog, I hope that it won’t fail me as much as this particular one. After all, Yes, it was my choice to read through, nonetheless I truly believed you would probably have something useful to talk about. All I hear is a bunch of complaining about something you can fix if you weren’t too busy looking for attention.

  2. Hi, I do think this is an excellent web site. I stumbledupon it 😉 I may return once again since I bookmarked it. Money and freedom is the best way to change, may you be rich and continue to guide others.

  3. Hi, I do think this is a great web site. I stumbledupon it 😉 I am going to revisit yet again since I book marked it. Money and freedom is the greatest way to change, may you be rich and continue to help other people.

  4. Can I simply just say what a relief to find someone who truly understands what they’re discussing online. You certainly know how to bring a problem to light and make it important. More people should read this and understand this side of the story. It’s surprising you aren’t more popular since you surely possess the gift.

  5. I like what you guys are up also. Such intelligent work and reporting! Keep up the superb works guys I have incorporated you guys to my blogroll. I think it will improve the value of my site 🙂

  6. You’re so interesting! I don’t think I have read through anything like that before. So great to find somebody with a few original thoughts on this topic. Seriously.. thank you for starting this up. This web site is one thing that is needed on the internet, someone with some originality.

  7. I blog frequently and I truly appreciate your information. The article has really peaked my interest. I’m going to take a note of your website and keep checking for new information about once a week. I subscribed to your RSS feed as well.

  8. Hello there, There’s no doubt that your web site may be having browser compatibility issues. Whenever I look at your site in Safari, it looks fine however when opening in I.E., it’s got some overlapping issues. I just wanted to provide you with a quick heads up! Besides that, wonderful site!

  9. I’m not sure exactly why but this site is loading very
    slow for me. Is anyone else having this issue or is it a problem on my end?
    I’ll check back later and see if the problem still exists.

  10. Spot on with this write-up, I actually feel this web site needs far more attention. I’ll probably be back again to read through more, thanks for the information!

  11. Thanks for another informative site. Where else could I get that type of info written in such a perfect way? I have a project that I’m just now working on, and I have been on the look out for such information.

  12. It is truly a nice and helpful piece of information. I am happy that you simply shared this helpful info with us. Please stay us informed like this. Thanks for sharing.

  13. I got what you mean , thanks for posting .Woh I am glad to find this website through google. “Those who corrupt the public mind are just as evil as those who steal from the public.” by Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno.

  14. It’s a pity you don’t have a donate button! I’d definitely donate to this fantastic blog!
    I suppose for now i’ll settle for book-marking and adding your RSS feed to my Google account.
    I look forward to brand new updates and will talk about this website with my Facebook group.

    Talk soon!

  15. Heya i’m for the first time here. I came across this board and I
    to find It really useful & it helped me out much.
    I hope to provide something again and help others such as you helped me.

  16. Hello There. I found your blog using msn. This is a very well written article. I will be sure to bookmark it and come back to read more of your useful information. Thanks for the post. I’ll definitely comeback.

  17. When I initially commented I appear to have clicked on the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now every time a comment is added I receive four emails with the exact same comment. There has to be a way you are able to remove me from that service? Cheers.

  18. Hi! I simply would like to offer you a huge thumbs up for the great information you have right here on this post. I am coming back to your blog for more soon.

  19. Great – I should definitely pronounce, impressed with your site. I had no trouble navigating through all tabs and related info ended up being truly easy to do to access. I recently found what I hoped for before you know it in the least. Quite unusual. Is likely to appreciate it for those who add forums or something, web site theme . a tones way for your client to communicate. Nice task.

  20. My programmer is trying to persuade me to move to .net from PHP. I have always disliked the idea because of the costs. But he’s tryiong none the less. I’ve been using WordPress on numerous websites for about a year and am worried about switching to another platform. I have heard very good things about blogengine.net. Is there a way I can import all my wordpress content into it? Any kind of help would be really appreciated!

  21. Everything is very open with a very clear description of the challenges. It was truly informative. Your website is very helpful. Thank you for sharing.

  22. Hello there, You have done a great job. I will definitely digg it and personally recommend to my friends. I am sure they’ll be benefited from this web site.

  23. I blog frequently and I seriously thank you for your content. Your article has really peaked my interest. I will bookmark your website and keep checking for new information about once per week. I subscribed to your RSS feed too.

  24. Greetings! Very useful advice in this particular post! It is the little changes that will make the largest changes. Many thanks for sharing!

  25. I’m not that much of a online reader to be honest but your blogs really nice,
    keep it up! I’ll go ahead and bookmark your website to come back down the
    road. All the best

  26. Simply wish to say your article is as surprising. The clearness in your publish is just cool and that i could assume you are an expert in this subject. Fine together with your permission let me to seize your feed to keep updated with imminent post. Thank you a million and please carry on the enjoyable work.

  27. I’ve been surfing online greater than 3 hours lately, yet I by no means discovered any attention-grabbing article like yours. It¡¦s pretty value sufficient for me. In my opinion, if all website owners and bloggers made good content material as you did, the internet will likely be a lot more useful than ever before.

  28. You’re so interesting! I do not suppose I have read through a single thing like that before. So good to find somebody with some genuine thoughts on this subject. Really.. thank you for starting this up. This website is something that is needed on the internet, someone with a little originality.

  29. You’re so cool! I don’t think I have read through a single thing like this before. So wonderful to discover someone with original thoughts on this subject. Really.. thank you for starting this up. This site is something that’s needed on the internet, someone with a bit of originality.

  30. I really love your site.. Very nice colors & theme. Did you build this website yourself? Please reply back as I’m trying to create my own website and would like to know where you got this from or exactly what the theme is named. Thanks.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *